Friday, May 31, 2013

Freebie Friday 5/31/201

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!


This week's Freebies are Gift Card Envelopes. They make great gifts! Easy and fun to make!
Use these to give gift cards, coupons or business cards. Perfect for Father's Day or Birthdays!


Click here to download the kit above!
 Available free until June 3, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and Enjoy the FREEBIES!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tree Hut: The First Step To Natural Beauty

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Hut for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Boy do I need a BEACH VACATION! We are too busy to actually go to the beach so instead I dreamed up a nice style board to show what I would take along with me, IF I were leaving on a Beach Vacation.

You will note that there are a couple of skin care products in my photo. Every once an a while I come across Natural Beauty Care products that I think my readers may take an interest in. I would like to introduce you all to the Tree Hut products. Please note that I have not used these items personally, but feel they are worthwhile to mention.

Tree Hut Hand & Foot Care products are developed to keep hands and feet feeling smooth and healthy. Certified Organic Shea Butter and Natural oils and extracts make skin smooth and soft. Exactly what you would need to get your skin and feet ready to show off at the BEACH!

Some products I think you may like to try include:

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Tree Hut foot cream
• Certified Organic Shea Butter: skin repairing & moisturizing, anti-aging, promotes elasticity
• Argan Oil: natural anti-aging properties
• Rose Hip Oil: natural anti-aging properties
• Non-greasy formula
• Paraben Free and No DMDM
• Made in the USA
• Do not test on animals

Tree Hut hand cream
• Certified Organic Shea Butter: skin repairing & moisturizing, anti-aging, promotes elasticity
• Aloe Vera: Nature’s soothing moisturizer
• Peppermint Oil: Moisturizes skin
• Paraben Free and No DMDM
• Made in the USA
• Do not test on animals

Tree Hut foot scrub
• Certified Organic Shea Butter: skin repairing & moisturizing, anti-aging, promotes elasticity
• Real Sugar: Natural sugar exfoliates skin smooth
• Peppermint Oil: Moisturizes skin
• Paraben Free and No DMDM
• Made in the USA
• Do not test on animals

Personally, I would LOVE to try the foot scrub, since the edges of my feet and heels ten to be my problem areas!

Want to learn more about Tree Hut? Jump on over to Facebook and like Tree Hut on Facebook or if you are a Twitter user, follow Tree Hut on Twitter!

Tree Hut products can be found in Walmart stores nationwide, so they should be easy to find and purchase.

Have a wonderful day dear followers!

 

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A Big Sting

Finally the weather is consistent and warm! Thank God! However, with warm weather comes BUGS! All types of bugs seem to be crawling around everywhere, inside and outside. Our most recent experience with a bug was with a not so nice bug.

Today we went out to play and Big Sister was playing nicely in the playhouse when all of a sudden she screamed bloody murder. Unbeknownst to me a wasp mama had made a nest in the inside roof line of the girls' playhouse. I looked up to see a wasp buzzing around her then diving down to sting her again. I ran to get Big Sister out of the play house and then set her down on the picnic table to assess the damages. She was only stung once, on her shoulder blade, but it was red and starting to swell a bit. She isn't severely allergic to bees or wasps (this is the seconded time this year she has been stung) so I wasn't worried about a serious reaction, but it still hurt badly so I ran in to get some reinforcements. My "Go To" for stings is allergy medicine and baking soda. I measured out the allergy meds and gave it to her orally, just to be sure she didn't have a reaction to the venom from the sting. Next, I mixed up a paste with baking soda and water and spread it over the sting. Instant relief, and the screaming ceased and swelling started going down. I don't know WHO figured out baking soda has this amazing quality, but if I did I would go up and hug and kiss them and thank them a million times.

So, moral of the story. Bugs are everywhere, even ones that pack a big punch, or sting rather. Check your children's play equipment and make sure a bug hasn't taken up residence in their toys! I know that this will be on my spring/summer checklist for next year for sure!

Have you encountered a not so friendly bug this yet this year?

Have a wonderful day dear followers and stay safe!
 





Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a doctor, so please check with your doctor before administering any medications to your children in the even of a insect sting or bite.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Standlee Hay Product Review

At the start of this blog I wrote about several horses we have around the farm. My husband and I spend a large about of our time taking care of rescue horses. We both have a great passion for horses and horses are what brought us together! So, when I was contacted by Standlee Hay Company, Inc. to review their Hay Products I was over joyed because the review would directly benefit one of our rescue horses!

"Standlee Hay Company, Inc. is a leader in the hay industry and proudly produces premium quality western hay forages and hay forage products.  They offer a complete line of baled hay forages, bagged forage products and other find products to make consumers feel confident that they are selecting hay forage products that are Pure, Natural and Nutritious for their animals." -Information provided by Standlee Hay Company, Inc.

Standlee Hay Company, Inc. has several different types of forage for sale designed to help feed your animals as each has different needs and circumstances. Their focus is on alfalfa, timothy grass, orchard grass and mixes of alfalfa/timothy and alfalfa/orchard grasses, however they also provide beet pulp, whole oats, and even horse treats. Their hay products come in cubes, mini cubes, and pellets.

Blade, our review subject for Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes!
Blade's topline
When feeding rescue horses, particularly those that are elderly with teeth issues, we like to feed hay cubes. I decided to check out Standlee's Alfalfa Hay Cubes for our elderly horse, Blade. Blade is a 28 year old Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse cross. He raced for several years before be retired to enjoy trail riding, mounted posse, and 4-H. Blade's previous owner had several life changes that made it impossible to take care of her horses, so she donated Blade and his buddy Sabrina to the horse rescue. Blade has proved to be quite the hard keeper. We have tried a lot of things to keep weight on him, regular deworming, teeth floating, and different diets designed for elderly horses. Out of all the horses on the farm, Blade is fed the MOST feed. The only thing we have not tried yet, is hay cubes!


Blade munching on cubes!
Blade LOVES his Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes! He can chew them easier than regular grass or alfalfa hay, as it is soaked in water before consumption. I actually believe he looks forward to them at breakfast and dinner time and although it may appear that it is not a large quantity of food, once it is soaked and expands the amount is amazing and the quality is great. We have tried other brands of Hay Cubes with horses in the past and the Standlee Alfalfa Cubes take a shorter amount of time to soak and expand completely. I am pretty sure it has to do with some of the binders that the other companies use to keep the cubes in their compact square shape.
Dry Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes
Soaked Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes (Half Eaten, lol)
Blade has not been on his cubes for a long enough time to see big results yet, but I can tell that they are helping little by little. I will be updating you all throughout his progress. The older the horse is, the harder it seems for them to put weight on, so it may be a couple months before we will see the noticeable difference that we are expecting from the Standlee Alfalfa Hay Cubes.

My Rating: A+ $$$
Click here to see what My Rating means!
Cost: 50 pound bag Alfalfa Hay Cubes were $12.99 in Evansville, Indiana. Prices may vary depending on the state in which you live. Contact your local feed store. 
Where to Buy: Standlee Hay Company makes it easy to fine a retailer near you, click here to find one through their website tool! Our local Tractor Supply Company in Evansville, Indiana had the best selection of Standlee Hay Company, Inc. products. 

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Have a wonderful day dear followers and don't forget to hug your horse!






Disclaimer: Standlee Hay Company, Inc. provided me with $120.00 worth of their hay products in order to provide this review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are 100% mine based on my personal experience with their product. I, nor Standlee Hay Company, Inc. makes any guarantees about this product. I am not a veterinarian, so please consult with your animal's veterinarian before making changes to their diet or implementing anything suggested in this post.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Thoughts on Motherhood

I am not going to lie... being a Mom is not exactly what I thought it was going to be. I guess I should have listened when I was younger. It really is harder than everyone thinks it is, except Moms, they already know. I struggle a lot with lack of independence. I was fairly independent growing up, I had a small group of friends that I hung out with every so often, but for the most part I was content doing things I liked to do, when I wanted, whether someone was there doing it with me or not.

The transition from that to Motherhood had been challenging. I have days where I seriously consider locking myself in my room and letting the girls have their way with the house so I can just be me. But, I am more responsible than that. There are days where I just don't want to be touched anymore, and when I get jumped on for the thousandth time that day or another elbow to my boob, I want to scream! But, I don't.

Then there are times like now. The girls are happy and content, playing together with a hose in the backyard. The smiles on their faces and the sweetness of their laughter just takes me away to someplace I never knew before I became a Mom. They don't have a care in the world, and it makes me feel good.

I know God doesn't give you more than you can handle, but sometimes I seriously doubt my abilities at this whole "Mom" thing. I am guessing I am not alone. All I can do is pray that God leads me in  the way He wants me to go, for my daughters, and hope I don't screw them up too bad  if I take a wrong turn now and again.

There is a wonderful verse in the Bible, that helps me get through just about anything that gets tossed my way. I may have posted this before, but I will do it again, and again because it is just that awesome. It is from Philippians 4:13 "For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."

I have to believe that being a Mom is what God wanted for me and that because He wanted it, I can do anything and get through anything that challenges me as a Mom.

So there you have it. My revelation of the day! Aren't you glad you stopped by?

What are your biggest challenges as a Mom or a parent?

Have a wonderful day dear followers,


Freebie Friday 5/24/2013

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!

I am a day late, yes, I know... so, like so many times before, I am giving you 2 Freebies instead of one to help fix it!

This week's Freebies are Gift Card Envelopes. They make great gifts! Easy and fun to make!
Use these to give gift cards, coupons or business cards. Perfect for Father's Day or Birthdays!



Click here to download the kit above!

 Click here to download the kit above!

 Available free until June 3, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and Enjoy the FREEBIES!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dress United Custom T-Shirt Review

Several months back I introduced you to a great company, Easy Canvas Prints, that makes affordable custom canvas prints. Well, they are at it again! This time, through their sister site, they are providing custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies! At Dress United you can design your shirt any way you like with as much help as needed. You can design it using the Design Tool, choosing several Fonts and Images available or you can use your own images. They also have the option to have their design staff help you out as well. These T-Shirts are printed in the U.S.A., which is a nice added bonus! Go U.S.A.!

I had the awesome opportunity to try out the Design Tool and create a fun T-Shirt for Rural Mama's Sandbox. It was both easy and fun to come up with my own design and by the time I was finished, I couldn't wait to get wear my new creation!


Dress United has a lot of options when it comes to T-Shirt type and style. There is a little something for everyone on this site. As far as sizes go, they do have a wide variety of sizes but it is limited to certain styles. The sizes in the Unisex T-Shirts range from Youth Small to 4XL, however the shirt I chose only went from Adult Small to 2XL.


The Design Tool - starting off with a clean slate!
 Since I will be the one wearing the T-shirt I decided to go with the Girly - Classic T (Bella). I am a fan of V-necks, so this T-shirt style was a great option.I also chose size XL since sometimes Women's styles T-Shirt run on the smaller side.

Adding Text was fast and easy!

I chose Chocolate for color, since I work around the farm often and I figured it would hide dirt the best. I decided to use Dress United fonts, but inserted a photo of my own to give it a special touch and to correspond with my blog design.

Now, on to ARTWORK!
Popup that allows you to select Clip Art or Download your own images!


I love the fact that they had a wide variety of clip art available. For someone who has limited access to clip art an images, this is a great option. I decided to go with my own artwork, a couple of Embellishments from a MyMemories Suite Kit that I purchased called Wild West Pack. The artwork I chose were in PNG format and seem to work really well for the site. It came up clear and crisp.
My finished design! Sweet and Simple!

I chose to use only the front of my t-shirt, however, there is an option to put writing on the back, for those that want custom t-shirts for sports teams. I think it took me a whole 10 minutes to create this T-Shirt. The HARDEST part was waiting for it to arrive!

Without further ado, here is my finished product LIVE and in person...

Photo Courtesy of Big Sister, she was so excited I let her use my camera!

I like the fabric the T-Shirt is made out of, it is comfortable and light. The image is GREAT, the photo doesn't really show its awesomeness. but in person it is really cool. The only thing I am skeptical about is the whether or not the image will hold up to being washed and dried. Only time will tell, so I will try to do an update after several cycles through the laundry.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Dress United website and their Design Tool. It was very easy and fun to come up with a Custom T-Shirt. The actual shirt is very nice, well made, and the image is crisp, clear, and easy to read. I would definitely recommend this company for anyone looking to create a custom t-shirt whether you just want one shirt or several shirts! 

My Rating: A+ $$$$
Click here to see what My Rating means!
Cost: Prices vary depending on the shirt style and quantity that you are purchasing. The Design Tool gives you a price estimate. 
Where to Buy: Online! Go to http://www.dressunited.com to create your own custom shirt!

Like Dress United on Facebook and Tweet with them on Twitter!

Have a wonderful day dear followers!






Disclaimer: Dress United let me Design one T-Shirt of my choice for free so that I could provide you with this review! I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are 100% mine based on my personal experience with the Dress United website and the actual product. I, nor, Dress United make any guarantees about the products.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Freebie Friday 5/17/2013

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!

This week's Freebies are Dragon Deco Eggs:




Click here to download this kit!

Direction on how to assemble the eggs can be found here.

 Available free until May 19, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and Enjoy the FREEBIES!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Farm Updates

The fields are growing thick with grass and the weather is staying consistently warm. I am so very glad that Spring has finally decided to arrive! I know that the girls are loving it too, since we can go outside pretty regular now. They love playing outside and visiting the horses. A lot has been going on at the farm and I figured that I would give an update, since I can't remember the last time I did one.

We tore down the little red barn next to the house, it was a sad sad sight, but it had to come down before it fell down and hurt someone. The good news is that we salvaged some of the exterior red pieces of wood and decorated the office and med room in the main barn with it. It looks amazing and so rustic!

We still have several really nice horses that are looking for homes. We adopt anywhere in the US, so if you are looking for a horse to love, check out some of ours, here.

The goats are no longer coming into the house at night. They are outside 24/7, doing great, and enjoy it. The girls and I take them for walks as often as we can. They are both learning to walk on a leash, I hope to take them to a couple shows in June, but we will see if I can get them ready in time. I have no idea what I am doing so we will either rock the show or at least provide the entertainment.


Speaking of the goats, I decided to name my little hobby farm Twinkle Little Farm. Big Sister is learning Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Old McDonald and sometimes mixes up the words. She was singing one day and said "Twinkle Little Farm" and I just fell in love with it. So, because my daughters were such a big part of my decision to get goats and more specifically Nigerian Dwarf Goats, I decided that it was only right that the girls be a part of naming the farm.

My geese decided they wanted to sit on their eggs, so I let them. I wasn't sure if they would actually hatch, but I figured I would let them try. Well, Mr. Goose is fertile and all my Girly Geese are great brooders because I now have three little goslings under a heat lamp on my porch. I was afraid they would get snatched by wildlife so I decided they were safer on the porch then outside with mom. There probably should have been 6 of them, but 2 were either squished or attacked by the geese and the one egg was busted before it was baking. The girls love playing with the goslings, Little Sister is a little too rough and I really have to watch so she doesn't squeeze their little necks too hard. Big Sister is great with them and I am pretty sure they love her too, or at least think she is "Mom."

We are still working on the new house, it seems to be taking FOREVER! I never knew how hard it was to find GOOD Contractors and good construction workers. I hope and pray we are in the house by Big Sister's 4th Birthday. Most of the drywall in the new section is in, so God willing I will be choosing paint next week. Any suggestions?

Wow, if I were a super blogger, I probably would have been able to split this post into several, but that is not how I roll, hehe!

God Bless and have a wonderful day dear followers!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Life in the FAST Lane

This April my husband and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary.  I decided that I wanted to do something special, so I decided to take him to the track to watch drag racing. Before I met him he had raced an Alcohol Funny Car and was pretty good at it. I knew he would enjoy being at a track again so I started making plans for our weekend, a month in advance. I was very please with myself, I was able to keep it secret all the way up until the week of the races.

We were in the car and he told me he had to go to Lafayette Monday (the Monday after our weekend) to help his brother-in-law and wanted to leave on Sunday! Oh no! He had no idea we were already going to be close to Lafayette. I had to rat myself out. He was still suprised, but I didn't get the raction I was looking for. I wanted the stunned and shocked look when we showed up at the track on Saturday.

We had a great weekend and it was just what we needed. He works very very hard both at his Batterer's Intervention program and at the farm. And I, well as much as I love my children, being a stay at home mom isn't my most favorite job in the world (Gasp, I know), so I was ready for a break as well.

Since that weekend, it seems like we have all been living in the fast lane! My husband has had to go out of town to teach a couple extra classes and was a witness in court. And, Little Sister gave me a scare that landed her in observation at the hospital over night. All the extra happenings coupled with every day farm life just makes my head want to spin. Hopefully, the rest of May won't be quite so busy, but I am not going to bet on it, but I am glad I have God to help me get through it!

Enjoy your weekend dear followers!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Freebie Friday 5/10/13

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!

This week's Freebies are Dragon Deco Eggs:



Click here to download this kit!

Direction on how to assemble the eggs can be found here.

 Available free until May 19, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and Enjoy the FREEBIES!

Friday, May 03, 2013

Freebie Friday 5/3/2013

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!

This week's Freebies are Summer Flowers:


Click here to download this kit!

 Available free until May 5, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful day dear followers and Enjoy the FREEBIES!

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